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Hierarchical organization that is slow to adapt

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Arlington, VA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Location is pretty good, and most people are nice. The office was recently renovated and has nice cafeteria.

Benefits are good for non profit work (4 weeks vacation for all staff, good health insurance, 401k, etc).

If you are on the right project you may have the opportunity to travel

Good work/life balance and teleworking is possible

Cons

There is very little opportunity for career growth, especially for Junior staff, as a result there is high turnover, most leave after 2 years in the entry level position. HR often doesn't hire the right people for the right positions and many of the entry level positions are filled by temp staff. In general HR is very ineffective in almost all of their functions and unfair during salary negotiations and are very resistant to negotiating. Performance reviews are conducted annually, but getting a good review means you will get a standard 3% raise and getting a bad review means nothing, maybe a 3 month performance plan.

Depending on the project you are there may be opportunities for travel, but generally senior staff do the most traveling. This is also true for technical work.

A LOT of senior management have large egos and are territorial about projects. There are a few who are very approachable and open to new ideas.

Culture tends to be very cliquey, there is a "old boys club" of long time senior MSHers who promote each other and make decisions behind closed doors. Many have a 1st world view of development and on a whole, MSH doesn't practice what they preach internally when it comes to management and leadership.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Invest in the people who work at the organization, set aside money for professional development and create more opportunities to recognize and celebrate staff. Create more opportunities for staff to get to know each other and bond. Work on building culture of Trust and collaboration across centers

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to start a career in international public health or international development.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Management Sciences for Health full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The engaging nature of the work, opportunities for international travel, and interesting colleagues make working here worthwhile.

    Cons

    Salaries are on the low for recent graduates without experience.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Learning Experience- but Overly Bureaucratic and Slow to Change

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Management Sciences for Health full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Great learning experience if you are interested in Government contracting, global health

    Cons

    -SLOW to change despite all of the "initiatives". Overly bureaucratic complicated structure
    -Too many initiatives! Work loads are already demanding and now are coupled with new initiatives and task which are flowed DOWN from Senior Management without buy in from staff actually doing work.
    -Compensation department is unfair and non transparent despite compensation reviews completed recently.
    -Little money for trainings and professional development.
    -Most staff are pleasant however at times some staff can be rude, unprofessional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to get buy in from the lower level employees when creating new initiatives. LEAD rather than manage. Allow departments to have flexibility to create own intitiatives in line with goals.

    Seriously review consistency and fairness of pay policies. Why does one unit average 2% increases and another much higher? PPRD is too burdensome. Not value for money! Also, be transparent about career ladder, pay policies, and salary scales. TRAIN HR! Inconsistencies and unfair practices have led to several staff leaving.

    You say that MSH's goal is to be a learning organization however no resources are dedicated to ensuring that goal is reached. All staff should have the opportunity for professional trainings. Invest in your staff!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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